Second whale shark dies at the Georgia Aquarium

This has been a really weird (read: bad) day for various reasons that I won’t bore you with. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse — I read in our forums that yet another whale shark — “Norton” — died today. First of all, whale sharks are some of my favorite animals on the planet, I’m awed by them and diving with them was as close to a religious experience as I’ve ever come. Second, these whale sharks are in my “backyard” — which allows me the privilege of going to see them at the Georgia Aquarium — though it’s a privilege I would happily give up given my distaste for keeping these animals in captivity. We gave a statement to CNN when the aquarium first opened that we (MarineBio) don’t agree with keeping these animals. Continue reading

“Endangered” is confusing?!

First Japan, now China. Not that the US is much better in terms of wildlife conservation, but I don’t understand how this can continue to happen. It’s sickening. Isn’t part of what life is all about is leaving the planet a better place than you found it for future generations? Are people who “get that” really that much in the minority? And are exotic animals really that necessary as a form of protein? They cannot possibly taste good. It’s a status thing, and that’s even more disgusting.
baby leatherback
Leatherbacks are critically endangered — and there were 44 of them on one small boat, a huge number when the species is depleted to such an extent, being smuggled into China.

‘Noah’s Ark’ of 5,000 rare animals found floating off the coast of China

· Cargo of abandoned vessel destined for restaurants
· Illegal trade drives species closer to extinction Continue reading

Save the Whales!?

Japan has threatened to defy a 21-year-old moratorium on commercial whaling after it failed to overturn the ban at the International Whaling Commission’s annual conference this week in Anchorage, Alaska.

humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae

Japan added that it is considering pulling out of the 77-nation commission in protest and may “unilaterally” hold whale hunts along its exclusive economic zone.

“There is a real possibility we will review, at a fundamental level, our role in the IWC and this would include withdrawing,” said Japan’s top delegate, Akira Nakamae, at the end of the four-day conference Thursday. Continue reading

Be informed: understand climate change

This is from the David Suzuki Foundation newsletter. Polar bear

Climate change myths debunked

In spite of explosive news coverage about global warming over the past year, most people still have only a very rudimentary knowledge of this complex issue. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge has led to persistent myths, which are slowing down real action that could prevent the worst damage from occurring to our economy and to our environment. Continue reading